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Volume 81, No. 4 

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The DigiCOM department is 
adding a new User Experience 
concentration to the curriculum. 

Page 4 


Freshmen share mishaps and 
funny stories from their first 
month at LVC. 

Page 6 



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Depression Awareness and Prevention 

Programs are available but rarely noticed at LVC 

Brittany B aird ' 1 5 

Contributing Writer 
Morgan Hartmoyer '16 

Contributing Writer 

September 10 to September 
16 was Suicide Awareness Week. 
It seems to have passed by 
without much notice at LVC. 

The federal government 
mandates colleges and 
universities to set aside one week 
a year to talk about sexual assault 
and drug and alcohol abuse, the 
most common issues among 
college students. Although 
resources for depression and 
suicide prevention and awareness 
are available on campus, these 
programs are not mandated by 
the government because they are 
not perceived as common issues 
on campus. 

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"I don't know that they think 
it's a big enough problem," 
says Dr. Stevie Falk, Director 
of Counseling. "I don't know 
when there has been a suicide on 
campus. I think there have been 
attempts. We document those. 

"But there have certainly been 
sexual assaults on campus and 
there's lot of drug and alcohol 
abuse. Maybe because those are 
more salient, it's more in people's 

See DEPRESSION | Page 3 

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"Wrecking Ball" 
Generates Mixed 
Responses at LVC 

Ryan Swig art '15 

Staff Writer 
Nicole Hollinger '14 

Contributing Writer 

She sure has come a long way 
from Miley Stewart and Hannah 

Miley Cyrus last week released 
the video of her new song, 
"Wrecking Ball." In it, Cyrus 
swings on a wrecking ball naked 
and licks a sledgehammer - just 
for starters. Not surprisingly, 
public reaction from fans and 
detractors has been largely 

In a recent interview on The 
Elvis Duran and the Morning 
Show, Cyrus was asked to explain 
her thoughts about the public 

See MILEY CYRUS | Page 5 

Find out what's yet to come in 
LVC's annual celebration of 
Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Page 5 


News 1-3 

Features 4 

Arts & Entertainment 5 

Perspectives 6 

Sports 7-8 


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LVC Implements New Green Dot Violence Prevention Program 

Justin Radanovic '14 

Contributing Writer 

What is Green Dot? 

Green Dot is an active 
bystander program whose 
members help defuse situations 
that could result in a Red Dot or 
violent offense. Green Dot is a 
community-based organization 
that believes that the LVC 
community can stop and 
prevent future violent offenses 
by offering people in abusive 
situations hope and helpful 
advice to stop the abuse. Abuse 
can be physical as well as verbal, 
from being hit to being harassed 
on Facebook. 

Green Dot works towards 
two primary goals, which are 
Content Development and 


Training. Content Development 
includes the latest research 
content conducted by leading 
and Green Dot 
advocates, the 
latest programs 
and strategies, 
and valuable 
feedback from 
the community. 
consists of the 
learned skills 
and implementation of Green 
Dot in the community. 

Why is Green Dot important? 

Have you ever wanted 
someone to help in situation 
or ever want someone to look 

out for your well-being? Green 
Dot gives the students and the 
community the opportunity 
to have that 
someone to 
lend a helping 
hand in times 
of need. 

Green Dot is 
also a violence 
c measure, in 

13 contrast to a 

measure. The difference is 
simple: Green Dot attempts to 
prevent a violent event from 
occurring, whereas a risk- 
reducing measure would be not 
accepting a drink you haven't 
seen poured. 

Both violence prevention and 
risk reduction are important; 
however, prevention does not 
rely solely on the individual but 
on the community as a whole. 
Thus, as a community, it is 
important that we band together 
and stop violence on the LVC 
campus as well as the community 
around us. 

What is the overall goal of 
Green Dot on the LVC campus? 

Last semester, some 
LVC students conducted a 
preliminary test to assess the 
college's readiness for violence 
prevention. On a scale from 1 to 
9, 1 meaning no awareness or lack 
of general rejection of violence 
as a problem to 9 meaning high 

See GREEN DOT | Page 2 





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Men s and Women's Soccer Teams Sport Two Sets of Siblings 

Kyle Wenger '14 

Contributing Writer 
Morgan Heller '15 

Contributing Writer 

Everyone gets competitive at 
some point in their lives. 

The competition may have 
to do with a job opening, a spot 
in the orchestra, or playing time 
on a sports team. But how many 
times can you say you have been 
able to compete against 
your brother or sister, or 
even compete alongside 

Dani Douglass '14 and 
Amanda Douglass '15, 
sisters on the women's 
soccer team, as well as Josh 
Ferguson '17 andjordann 
Ferguson '15, brothers 
on the men's soccer team, 
have been fortunate 
enough to compete with 
each other during their 
college career. 

The Douglass sisters played 
organized soccer together for ten 
years on club teams, high school 
teams, and now at LVC. 

"I guess we are just so used to 
being around each other I just 
feel comfortable knowing that 
she has my back on the field," 
says Dani. "We have each other's 
backs and root each other on all 
the time and we get along very 
well which is nice." 

The Ferguson brothers have 
been playing soccer for about 

six years in organized soccer 
programs, but now they play on 
the same team. 

"It's definitely fun. Jordann 
got hurt his senior year, so we 
only really played together his 
senior year in high school, so 
it's nice to be playing with him 
again," says Josh. "We have 
chemistry, being brothers and 
everything, and that works out 
nicely on the field." 

Josh assisted Jordann on his 
first collegiate goal. 

"We connect with each other 
more than other players. We 
knew where each other were at 
and we feed off of each other," 
Josh says. 

After playing with each 
other for so long, these siblings 
were destined to create a lot 
of memorable moments, some 
good, some bad, and some funny. 

One moment the 
Ferguson brothers will 
never forget is when Josh 
scored his first collegiate 
goal. "He was going 
berserk, jumping on me. 

From playing together 
so long, the Douglasses and 
Fergusons find it second nature 
to know where the other is on 
the field. 

"I feel like Dani knows where 
I am running regardless of 
where I am going," says Amanda 

Dani thinks it is her sister's 
personality on the field that 
helps her locate Amanda. "I 
think it is just her loud mouth 
that helps me find her on the 
field," she says. 

1 It was just fun to see him 
score his first and cool 
to see how excited he 
was like he never scored 
before," Jordann says. 

The Douglass sisters 
will always remember 
their contrast in playing 
styles. Dani is a more quiet and 
reserved player while Amanda is 
very emotional, passionate, and 

"If another girl on the other 
team comes after Amanda, you 
will see it in her face. Amanda 
will hunt her down and take her 
out," says Dani. "It's even funnier 
if someone takes me out cause 
then she goes around asking 
everyone what number the girl 
was. Don't mess with Amanda." 



G r e e n D 1 : How it will benefit LVC, how to get involved 

students; however, if there is 
demand for more space, a second 
training date will be created and 
announced at a future date. 

Continued from Page 1 

possible violent situation. 

a level of community ownership 
or knowledge of the prevalence, 
causes, and consequences of 
violence on campus, Lebanon 
Valley College is a 2 or 3 on the 
campus readiness prevention 
scale. This means that LVC 
either denies or has a vague 
awareness of campus violence. 

LVC's low rating on the 
campus readiness prevention 
scale could be explained by this 
being the first year that Green 
Dot is being implemented with 
campus policy; this preliminary 
testing will serve as a baseline 
for future samples. The 
program's goal for this school 
year is to raise awareness that 
violence does occur at LVC and 
to give students the necessary 
provisions to help with any 

How Can I Help? 

The easiest way to help out 
is to spread the word about the 
Green Dot program, but students 
who want to do more can attend a 
Green Dot Ambassador Training 
Seminar on September 29th 
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Neidig- 
Garber 203. This training counts 
towards students' community 
service hours because this 
training directly benefits people 
who experience abuse. 

To sign up for training, go to and click 
on Events and Training on the 
left-hand side under Green Dot 
(S)LVC. Once the new page has 
loaded, click on Register and 
fill out the registration form. 
Space is limited to the first 25 

Contact Information 

If you have any concerns 
about a violent event, contact 
Dr. Stevie Falk, Director of 
Counseling, at 
If you want to know more 
about Green Dot, contact Dr. 
Marianne Goodfellow, associate 
professor of Sociology, in her 
office in Humanities 202, by 
phone at 717-867-6157, or 
by email at goodfell(3) 
For additional information on 
Green Dot, please visit www. or www. 

All information courtesy of the LVC Department of Public Safety 


9-16-13 | Sports Center 

Student and alumni were arguing. 

9-17-13 | Funk West 

Strawberry fruit smoothie thrown against the wall. 

9-17-13 | Funk East 

Student's mailbox damaged. 

9-18-13 | Funk West 

Blue light alert. 

9-18-13 | Funk West 

Narcotic drugs present. 

9-20-13 | Chapel Grounds 

Possible drug deal. 

9-21-13 | Bishop Library 

Fire alarm went off, but no signs of smoke or afire. 

9-22-13 | Dellinger Hall 

Obscene drawing; chairs were taken; elevator lights were unscrewed. 

9-22-13 | Mary Green Parking Lot 

Student's car window was completely shattered. 

9-22-13 | Summit Street 

Student was located at the railroad tracks; student was okay. 
9-22-13 | Humanities 

A pair of sunglasses and a key ring with mini-cards were found. 

Please report any suspicious activity to Public Safety at x61 1 1. 



Corrections & Clarifications 

It is our continuing goal to provide readers with complete and ac- 
curate information. To that end, we welcome and encourage noti- 
fication of any mistakes. Readers who wish to submit corrections 
should send an email to lavie(8), subject line: Corrections. 

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Depression: Resources on campus that help students cope with depression 

Continued from Page 1 somebody is dysthymic if they 're 

Though sexual assault and like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh. 

drug and alcohol abuse may That's dysthymia." 
be easier to notice on campus, Trie difference between 

many students on campus depression and dysthymia 

still feel a sense of depression. also relates to how depression 

According to a study conducted is diagnosed in patients, 

by the National Institute of Depression is feeling like you 

Mental Health, about 30 percent can't get yourself out of bed, 

of college students reported feeling exhausted and fatigued 

feeling depressed in 2011. A 
study conducted by Emory 
University reports that suicide 
rates at college campuses range 
from 500 to 7,500 per 100,000 
among college students. 

and not just tired. "It's a 
sustained mood for more than 
two weeks," says Falk. 

Often times, depression goes 
hand-in-hand with suicidal 
ideation. "Suicidal ideation 

"Last year I saw probably means that they will not act 

about 120 students," says Falk. 
"Depression was the number 
one diagnosis that we saw here." 

The term "depressed" is 
thrown around in everyday 
jargon, but clinical depression is 
different from having a bad week 
and feeling upset. Being able to 

upon their thoughts but have 
thought about it," she says. "It is 
an issue on campus." 

Depression can make a 
student miss class, put off work, 
and slip into a routine of not 
being involved. It can turn into 
a disability if not treated, but 

The 5050 Peer 
Helpers are a team 
of students who 
have been trained 
by the Counseling 
Services staff to 
deal with student 
issues by speaking 
with students 
in a one-on-one 
session about their 
problems. The 
5050 Peer Helpers 
for the 2013-2014 
academic year are 
Kari Mahool '15, 

Darryl Sweeper qr, §TE VIE FALK 

15, and Cameron Q r stevie Falk, Director of Counseling, is a licensed 
Venable '14. psychologist who helps students to cope with 

The 5050 Peer depression or mood disorders through psychotherapy 
Helpers have a anc ' appropriate treatments. 

know the difference might help the staff at Counseling Services 
students seek the help they need. work hard t0 prevent this from 

"Depression is a mood happening, 
disorder, and it 
is not just feeling 
sad. Some people 
aren't sad when 
they're depressed. 
It's a physical 
experience. It 
affects the body, 
your sleep and your 
eating habits," says 
Falk. "There's an 
emotional piece to 
it, of course. Some 
is sadness and 
tearfulness. There's 
a hopelessness, a 
helplessness, [a 
sense that] things 
won't get better. 
They might identify 
an irritability, an 
agitation, people 
that are really, 
really angry. They could be 
depressed and not just have 
anger management issues." 

There are other forms of 
emotional distress. Are you 
having a bad day or week? That's 
dysthymia, a depressive disorder 
but not depression. 

"Depression is a mood 
disorder, and it is not just 
feeling sad.... It affects 
the body, your sleep 
and your eating habits.... 
There's a hopelessness, a 
helplessness, [a sense that] 
things won t get better." 


Depression typically appears 
for the first time in college aged 
students (18-22) and can affect 
anyone, male or female. Those 
who have a familial history of 
depression run a larger risk of 
developing the illness. 

Despite the large number of 
"There's this normal students who feel depression, 
fluctuation of mood. Sometimes f ew education sessions regarding 
we're happy-go-lucky and having depression or suicide are led on 
a really good day. And other campus. There are outlets for 
times we're not having such a students on campus that are not 
good day or we're feeling a little as well known. They include 
down. But that's not depressed," the 5050 Peer Helpers and 
explains Falk. "They talk about if Counseling Services. 

program written 
by Dr. Falk to raise awareness 
about depression and suicide 
prevention. "They're to do it 
with EAs, with Peer Mentors, 
with Res Life, but no one invites 
them to do it," says Falk. "Unless 
it's mandated, 
people don't show 
up. That's part of 
the problem." 

"I have no 
idea why the RAs 
don't use us," says 
5050 Peer Helper 
Cameron Venable 
'14. "I think they 
forget about it, even 
though we advertise 
it so much. Maybe 
they feel they won't 
get a big turnout 
if it's something 
serious. Or maybe 
they just think it's 
too official, even 
though it's not." 

Services was used 
by more than 
1,000 students last year to help 
with problems. Many of those 
students were diagnosed with 
depression or mood disorders. 
Falk and the other members 
of the department try to help 
students to cope with depression 
or mood disorders. 

"We try to treat the 
depression first," says Falk. "I'm a 
psychologist. I do psychotherapy 
and a lot of evaluation and 
assessment, but then we use that 
information to actually treat 
the person. We don't prescribe 

Alta Landis is the school's 
professional counselor. She has 
a Master's in Psychology from 
Millersville University and 
does therapy, but she differs 
from a psychologist in that she 
doesn't traditionally focus on 
the evaluation or assessment 
of patients. A psychiatrist is a 
Doctor of Medicine and will 
usually use medication to treat 
the symptoms of depression. 

"She's still a really good 
diagnostician because she's got a 
lot of experience in the field and 
really good clinical judgment," 
adds Falk. 

LVC's on-campus 
psychiatrist, John Biever, uses a 
mixture of both medication and 
self-hypnosis as a way to relax 
and center one's self. "He's not 
out to put everybody on meds," 
says Falk. 

National Depression 
Screening Day will take place on 
October 15, 2013 in Mund from 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All students are 
invited to attend and encouraged 
to participate. 

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The ups and downs of living off campus at LVC 

of living off campus could 
potentially equal the same 
amount as living on campus. 

Living on campus in a 
traditional dorm costs $2,240 
a semester, or $4,480 a year. 
Though students who live off 
campus don't have to worry 
about these costs, they still 
need to pay for gas, food, 
utilities, and other costs that 
result from living with other 

Out of a handful of students 
interviewed, most said that 
they would prefer to live off 

Amanda Seale '14 
Ryan Leonard '14 

Contributing Writers 

Although Lebanon Valley 
College encourages its 
students to live on campus, 
when there are more students 
than there is dorm space, 
Residential Life opens up 
a lottery system to allow 
students to live off campus 
while still being considered a 
college resident. 

According to the Lebanon 
Valley College's student 
handbook, a commuter is 
someone who "lives within a 
60-mile radius of the campus 
and commutes from their 
parents' or guardians' home 
or legal residence on a daily 

The college has 265 
commuter students and 1,280 

campus residents. As of Fall 
2013, there are 397 new 
residents (including transfers) 
and 883 returning residents. 
73 students in the class of 
2014 were granted permission 
to live off-campus. 

While the student 
handbook and the LVC 
website, http : / / www.lvc. 
edu, provide details on the 

beds. Those factors determine 
how many students are 
allowed to live off campus. 

In 2011, the off-campus 
policy guidelines were 
established because the college 
was enrolling more students 
than there were available beds. 
That was the beginning of the 
campus lottery system. 

During the spring semester, 

residency policy, commuter juniors will receive an email 
status, and special housing about the following year's off- 
accommodations and campus allocation. The size 
exemptions, they mention of the junior class and the 
little about the off-campus availability of beds determine 
living policy. According to how many students can 
Michael Diesner, Director request to live off campus, 
of Residential Life, there is a Living off campus is not a 
policy; however, the policy sure thing. For example, there 
may change from year to year, may be an allotment of 50 
depending on the size of the students who are permitted 
senior class, the number of to live off campus. To qualify 
incoming freshmen, and the for off-campus living, students 
projected amount of available must enter the lottery. If a 

student is selected from the 
lottery, then they must obtain 
forms from Residential Life, 
complete them, and return 
them in order to continue 
through the process. 

"I think that a part of being 
at LVC is being at LVC. You are 
learning from one another in 
close proximity, being around 
other students and challenging 
one another. A lot of that 
comes from simply being in 
the same space, so I am a big 
fan of the residential portion 
of campus," says Diesner. 

Students who 
permission to live off campus 
live in Annville, Cleona, 
Palmyra, and Lebanon. 
Diesner believes that 
finding an apartment in the 
surrounding area is hard 
and that, depending on the 
student's lifestyle, the costs 

receive campus again next year, if 
given the opportunity. They 
said living off campus was 
cheaper than living on campus, 
but a couple of interviewed 
students said living off campus 
was more expensive. 


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DigiCOM develops new user experience concentration 

Morgan Hartmoyer '15 
Brittany Baird ' 1 5 

Contributing Writers 

Three semesters from 
now, a new concentration that 
examines how people interact 
with technology and evaluate 
the practicality of apps, programs 
and devices will be added within 
the Digital Communications 
Department (DigiCOM). 

That concentration - User 
Experience (UX) - will help 
students to create a better human/ 
technology interactions. 

A web page that is interactive 
and has content, functionality, and 
features that require a degree of 
interaction that doesn't really exist 
until you have a person interact 
with it," says Dr. Jeff Ritchie, 
Chair and Associate Professor of 
Digital Communications. "That 
experience is what drives a lot of 

Ritchie says user experience is 
about designing usable systems, 
apps, or sites that are a joy to use. 
UX is about prototyping and 
testing ideas in order to design more 
effective and pleasant interactions. 
UX concentrators observe, research, 

| design, andprototype. 

UX concentrators will be required 
to take the following courses: 
Prototyping, Experience Design, 
Advanced Usability and 
Research Methods in 
Psychology, and a 300 
level course from the 
numerous design classes 
within the department. 
Two additional classes 
have been added to 
the curriculum, but 
have not yet been given 
descriptions. As part of 
taking these courses, 
DigiCOM students 
will take field trips to 
Hershey Park and the 
Apple Store to see how 
user experience has helped companies 
design amusement locations and 
more successful merchandise. 

Apple is one of the most 
successful technology companies 
in the world because it focuses on 
functionality. For example, the iPad 
"at one time was difficult to pick 
up," says Ritchie. "Apple saw people 
had this difficulty and created a 
beveled edge on the newer version 
to make it more user friendly." 

The concentration was added for 
two reasons. First, the department 
was revising and expanding the 

curriculum, and many of the core 
elements of the major already 
focused on UX. Second, the 

creation of the UX concentration 
originates from trends in the realm 
of digital communications. 

"Working in digital media 
increasingly involves creating 
experiences for users through the 
layout and selection of design 
elements, to the copy and content 
included in a site, to the design of 
interactions and functionality," says 
Ritchie. "User experience design 
sprouted into a full-grown field. 
Given that a number of DigiCOM 
alumni were finding great jobs in 
UX, it was an easy leap to consider 

creating a concentration." 

DigiCOM majors agree that 
studying User Experience will be an 
asset in the job market. 

Adding the 
concentration allows 
students to better 
j qualify themselves for 
a job in this field," says 
John Bair '15. "User 
experience requires 
a great knowledge of 
human behavior, as well 
as great research skills. 
The courses in the new 
concentration will allow 
students to learn and 
master those skills that 
otherwise might have 
been difficult to obtain in the core 
DigiCOM classes." 

Digital Communications majors 
see the development of the new UX 
concentration as a natural progression. 

"We start off freshmen year by 
talking about who is going to use 
our projects and how people might 
do things differently to get the task 
accomplished," says Amanda Seale 
'14. She says that "user experience is 
key to creating simple, easy-to-use 
products," and that it was only time 
before the Digital Communications 
Department created a concentration 

to meet these needs. 

"This is a great way to learn 
more about the changing user. The 
User Experience concentration 
is designed to teach the creator 
[DigiCOM students] how to see 
what the user sees," adds Melissa 
Schielzo '15. "I personally really 
enjoy seeing what the user does 
and how they react in testing, 
which will result in the users 
overall experience. I find the field 
extremely interesting." 

The Digital Communications 
majors' only complaint was that 
the UX concentration was not 
created sooner. 

"I wish video and user 
experience were added a few years 
ago because I think that I probably 
would have chosen user experience 
as my concentration," says Seale. 
"Unfortunately, since I am a senior, 
I don't have the time to fit in user 
experience classes." 

Communications majors and 
interested students are invited and 
encouraged to enroll in the courses 
as early as spring 2015. 

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B. BAIRD beb001(2> 

La Vie Collegienne September 25, 2013 5 


Hispanic Heritage Month Brings Authentic Hispanic Culture to LVC 

Marie Gorman '17 

Staff Writer 

In 1968, President Lyndon B. 
Johnson established National His- 
panic Heritage Week, and in 1988, 
President Reagan expanded it into a 
month-long celebration of Hispanic 
culture, lasting from September 15th 
to October 15th. Lebanon Valley 
College is currently celebrating the 
national tradition, which began on 
September 15th with an opening 
dinner in Mund and will conclude 
on October 30th with the Noche 
Caribena celebration at the Under- 
ground. A variety of other cultural ac- 
tivities have been planned intermit- 
tently throughout the month, which 
are "a unique opportunity to present 
another culture in an accessible way 
to those who do not have the ability 
to interact with it on a daily basis," ac- 
cording to Spanish and International 

Studies major Katheryn O'Hara '15. 

Though the opening dinner for 
Hispanic Heritage month, provided 
by Metz in Mund Dining Hall, and 
the presentation of the film Real 
Women Have Curves at the Friend- 
ship House have passed, there are 
still many ways to get involved in the 
coming month. The first of these op- 
portunities is an installment of the 
Chapel Concert Series, featuring 
award winning Christian record- 
ing artist Jaci Velasquez and her 
husband, Nic Gonzales, lead singer 
of the Nashville-based rock band 
Salvador. The concert is an oppor- 
tunity for students and faculty to 
experience a traditional aspect of ev- 
eryday life — music — with a cultur- 
ally enlightening twist, as Velasquez 
will be singing in both English and 
Spanish. The concert begins at 7 p.m. 
on Friday, September 27th, in Miller 
Chapel, with an opening by LVC stu- 

dent and Christian recording artist 
Cristabella Braden '15. Tickets cost 
$5 for students, and $11 in advance 
and $15 at the door for faculty, re- 

While several Heritage Month 
activities are centered on education 
through entertainment, the First 
Thursday Latino Networking Event 
in Lancaster, PA, is a chance for 
students to make professional con- 
nections with a cultural basis. The 
event opens at 6 p.m. on October 
3rd. Students interested in attending 
must sign up on Redbook, as there is 
limited space available. Redbook can 
be accessed through the MyLVC site, 
under the myCampus tab. 

In collaboration with Juniata Col- 
lege, guest speaker Yovanny Polanco, 
Executive Director of Centro Cul- 
tural "Guanin, Inc.," will be speak- 
ing at 7:30 p.m. on October 16th in 
the Tweedie Conference Room in 

Mund College Center. The company, 
based in the Dominican Republic, 
is a non-profit charitable organiza- 
tion and is the focus of Polanco's 
mission to providing for the social, 
educational, and medical needs of 
the Dominican-Haitian community. 
Her presentation at the college will 
address the aforementioned issues 
and "the ways in which college stu- 
dents can become involved through 
service opportunities," says Venus 
Ricks, Director of Multicultural Af- 

The fun and festivities continue 
with a Salsa Dancing 101 course on 
October 17th at 6 p.m. in the Un- 
derground, followed by a screening 
of the documentary The Dream is 
Now and an attendant discussion 
on immigration reform at 6 p.m. on 
October 24th in MUer Chapel. The 
documentary, directed by Oscar- 
winnine filmmaker Davis Guggen- 

heim, is concerned with the unique 
position of the group of young un- 
documented immigrants known as 
the "Dreamers." The film takes an 
individualistic approach to examin- 
ing America's broken immigration 
system, and the economic and ideo- 
logical losses that occur as a result. 

The month will then conclude 
with the Noche Caribena: an eve- 
ning of food, dancing, and music in 
the Underground on October 30th 
at 6 p.m. When asked, both O'Hara 
'15 and fellow Spanish student Ami- 
sha Lala '15 expressed a desire to at- 
tend the month's activities and con- 
sidered Hispanic Heritage Month an 
important opportunity for a high- 
impact learning situation outside 
of the classroom and a chance for a 
broader perspective on events hap- 
pening in the outside world. 

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MILEY CYRUS: Pop star baffles students, critics with bizzare "Wrecking Ball" music video 

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Lots gal something straight You guys don't 
understand my music video. So let n>e 
explain it to you. I hiss the sledge hammer to 
show that I secretly still Jove the pain. I'm 
naked to show how bam destroyed ma I 
emotionally become "naked and stripped' 
meaning I'm hurt on 1 he inside. The 
wrecking ball symbolizes a destructive love, 
hence the song title. (The wrecking ball 
breaks the walls and I'm left layino in the 
remaining ol it) SO instead Of calling me a 
■slut" or a ■whore" realize I'm trying to tell a 
story of a love that went wrong and 
destroyed me emotional !v. 

response to her video. "I think the 
video is much more. If people get 
past the point I make, and you 
actually look at me, you can tell I 
look more broken than even the song 
sounds," she explains. "If people can 
take their minds off the obvious and 
go into their imagination and see 
what the video really means, it is so 
vulnerable. ... If you look at my eyes, 
I look more sad than actually my 
voice sounds on the record. It was 
a lot harder to actually do the video 
than it was to even record the song. 
It was much more of an emotional 

"What was she thinking?" some 
LVC students are asking. 

Here's a sampling of student 
reactions to the video: 

"Ok, so where to start with this 
horrendous image that cannot be 
erased from my mind. When I first 
heard the song, I was like, 'Wow! I 
actually like a Miley Cyrus song.' The 
song reflects what I am going through, 
especially since it is the same dilemma 
Miley herself is goingthrough: breaking 
up with my fiance, not making a fool of 
myself, and going through a downward 

"I think Miley is craving attention, 
no matter it be good or bad. She is a 
joke and I hated her back in Hannah 
Montana because I could just tell she 
was going to be a head case and make 

a fool of herself. Well, here is that 

Francesca Pizzurro '16 

"I personally don't like it, just 
for pure fact that I don't think it's 
necessary to be swinging around 
naked on a wrecking ball or licking a 
sledgehammer ... It could have been 
done with clothes on honestly." 

Lauren Steo '15 

"Although I really love the lyrics 
and meaning to this song, the music 
video was way too scandalous for 
my liking. From a public standpoint, 
Miley Cyrus could have performed this 
song in a less risque manner and still 
portray the same amount of emotion 
that she was attempting to do." 

Jessica Zaleski 'IS 

"I mean the video is kind of 
raunchy... but after reading the 
explanation of it, it makes sense, but 
people need to realize that she isn't 
Hannah Montana anymore and she's 
her own person with her own style. 
She wanted people to talk about her, 
and between the VMA's (Video Music 
Awards) and the video she definitely 
got what she wanted." 

Alexis Lelii '14 

"I was shocked! For years, my 
cousin made me watch Hannah 
Montana. She was relatable back 

then because in the show she was 
going through the same problems 
a teenager goes through. I thought 
that she could have done a much 
better job if she expressed herself in 
a different way." 
CJ Sayous '15 

"She is acting like she is a strong 
player in the music industry. Just 
like the song name, she is using a 
wrecking ball to destroy her public 

Dave Corvino '16 

"What type of drug is she on? 
I want to know what her future 
children will think of such a stunt. I 
heard about the meaning behind her 
actions in the video, but I still believe 
it did not work out the way she 
wanted it to. She needs to figure out 
what she is doing with her career." 

Colin Cathermen '15 

"I know what emotions she is 
trying to convey in the video and the 
message is not that bad. It is just that 
she could have done this in many 
other ways that can be better." 


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Great Things to Do on Weekends on Campus 

Gregory Renner '15 

Staff Writer 

Emilie H a. mm '15 

Contributing Writer 

Campus weekends: full of 
dancing, comedians, events, and 
sports games. 

Those are some ideas that come 
to students' minds when asked 
about weekend life on campus. 
From the thrill of being at sports 
games to the classic dance music 
blaring in the Underground, week- 
end life is always hopping with 
things to do. 

Incoming students always want 
to know what the college does for 
fun and what events happen on 
campus to keep students interest- 
ed and engaged on weekends. Matt 
Dwyer '14, a Biology major, is the 
head of the Student Programming 
Board, who put together these 
events on campus. He explains 
what their involvement is and how 
the board chose the events. 

LV: How do you pick and 
choose events for the students 
on campus? 

MD: The Student Program- 
ming Board meets once every 
week to discuss previous events, 
upcoming events, and miscella- 
neous activities that we provide 
for the school. As for the come- 
dians, we attend regional confer- 
ences and view performers in the 
hopes to bring them to our cam- 
pus. We also contact agencies for 
their recommendations. As a club 
we also talk about what Saturday 
Bus Trips have worked in the past 
and what students would like to 
see in the future. Most of our com- 
mon hour activities exist due to 
their popularity, such as creating 
your own stuffed animal. For all 
of our events, we analyze the feed- 
back from students in order to get 
more attendance at future events. 

LV: What activities are you in 
charge of? 

MD: Our main responsibilities 
include the Friday night comedi- 
ans, Saturday Bus Trips on Red- 

book, MJ's Coffeehouse Series, 
and supporting other clubs on 
campus, such as ValleyFest. We 
also participate in many common 
hour activities such as the De- 
Stress Break. Many times we will 
collaborate with Student Govern- 
ment on events. 

LV: What do you do on the 

MD: On the weekends I love 
to take advantage of the Red- 
book events. Many people still 
don't realize they exist and that 
they are free! Besides Redbook, I 
find myself catching up from the 
week with additional work or just 
simply relaxing. I am a restaurant 
enthusiast and love to leave cam- 
pus for a little with friends to grab 
some food. 

LV: How do you advertise the 
events and get them noticed? 

MD: We have publicity chairs 
in the club that are very efficient 
in getting the word out through 
flyers, Facebook, Twitter and new 
this year our SMS texting system. 
Simply texting SPB2013 to 84483 

allows you to receive event notifi- 
cations via text message! 

LV: What involvement do you 
have with the Redhook events? 

MD: The most involvement! 
SPB creates the Redbook events 
for students to sign up and en- 
joy, then they are released online. 
Other heads of departments like 
Chaps have access to Redbook as 
well for the community service 

LV: Do you have restrictions 
on the performers? 

MD: We have no restrictions 
for the performers. Many will 
ask what not to say but we pretty 
much grant them full permission 
to say what they want! They use 
their best judgment for how the 
crowd will respond and we help 
clue them in on what the low 
down is here at LVC. 

So, what do the students on the 
Lebanon Valley College campus 
do on weekends? 

Andrea Lisowski '15, a Physics 
major, has a set weekend sched- 

ule. On Fridays, she spends her 
evenings working as an instruc- 
tor of a high school guard team at 
football games. On Saturdays, she 
performs at LVC football games 
in the Indoor Color Guard, then 
works at high school marching 
competitions. On Sundays, she re- 
laxes with her boyfriend and com- 
pletes her homework. 

Melissa Brosh '14, a Psychol- 
ogy major and captain of the LVC 
Field Hockey team, likes to attend 
LVC sports games and go to the 
comedians in the fall, as the team 
is on a dry season. In the spring, 
she likes to go to the bar with 
friends and have a drink one night, 
but during the rest of the weekend 
she loves spending time hanging 
around with friends. 

Whether it'd be cheering at 
the sports games or laughing un- 
til your ab muscles hurt, LVC has 
fun-filled weekends for all stu- 
dents to enjoy. 



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Valley s Voices: 

Freshmen share their first LVC experiences 


Compiled by Erika Fisher '1 7 

Freshman year is full of adjustments, and often just as many missteps. From waking up late for classes to encountering terrifying campus squirrels, each day is a learning ex- 
perience potentially filed with humor and excitement. La Vie takes a look at some misadventures members of the class of 20 17 have experienced in their first month of college. 

Ashley Davis '17 

Digital Communications Major 

"One time I was in a commut- 
er lounge with a bunch of friends 
and we played 'the floor is lava' for 
about a half an hour. We also had 
some pretty epic pillow fights." 

Dana Snyder '17 

Actuarial Science Major 

"I forgot my card in the room 
and couldn't get back in the build- 
ing. I wasn't used to the card sys- 
tem yet. I had to text my room- 
mate for her to let me in, but I 
was able to get in before she came 

Derek Null 17 

Computer Science Major 

"The first Thursday of classes, I 
was still getting used to the 8 am 
classes, so waking up wasn't quite 
part of my routine yet. Waking 
up at 7:59, 1 realized just how fast 
you can get from the third floor of 
Mary Green to the computer sci- 
ence lab of Lynch: four minutes." 

Janelle McCarthy '17 

Early Childhood Education and 
Special Education Majors 

"I didn't realize that my class 
got changed from the basement 
of the chapel to the third floor of 
humanities. And my shoes didn't 
fit and they were flopping on and 
off. I was running barefoot across 
campus trying to get back up to 
the third floor of Mary Green to 
get my schedule and find the right 


Jeanette Tropp '17 

Historical Communications 

"I was going for my afternoon 
run and I was about to do hill 
sprints near the cemetery. When I 
was about to start, a squirrel came 
down from a tree and sat there 
and looked at me. I thought it 
was cute and it was staring at me. 
And then it jumped from the tree 
and bound at me. I backed away 
and it sprinted at me. So I turned 
around and sprinted away off 
campus to get away." 

La Vie Collegienne September 25, 2013 7 


Goalie Becca Sykes '14 three consecutive shutouts 
leading women's soccer to success 

Last week, tied 0-0 with Muhlenberg, came back to beat Eastern 3-0 


Wednesday, 9/25 

Women's Soccer 
vs Haverford College 
4 p.m. 

Field Hockey 
vs Susquehanna University 
7 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 
at Misericordia University 
7 p.m. 

Friday 9/27 

Women's Volleyball 
vs Washington College 
4 p.m. 

Women's Tennis 
at Goucher Open 

For more results, visit 


Frank Gaffney 

Coming off a weekly Honor Roll 
award, Gaffney was named the 
MAC Defensive Player of the Week 
after football's 38-17 win over 
King's. He finished the game with 
10 tackles (four for a loss) and 

Ryan Weitzel 
Men's Tennis 

On a 4-0 start to the season, Weitzel 
was a two-time winner in the men's 
team's latest match against Arcadia. 
He took No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-2, and 
paired with Pat Jones '15 for a 9-7 
doubles win. 

Cody Manmiller ' 1 6 

Staff Writer 

The women's soccer team is 
playing the best soccer of the 

This week, they played two 
home games against Muhlenberg 
College and Eastern University. 
After drawing with Muhlenberg 
and beating Eastern, the Dutchmen 
have not lost once in their last five 

On Tuesday, Muhlenberg 
traveled to Annville and both teams 
walked away with a 0-0 tie. After 90 
minutes and two overtime periods, 
nobody was able to put the ball in 
the back of the net. 

LVC dominated in the shots 
department with 20, compared 
to Muhlenberg's eight. Amanda 
Wong had to make 12 saves for 
Muhlenberg. Amanda Douglass, 
Sarah Dowhower, Heather Tran 
and Sammy Bost all took three 
shots to lead Lebanon Valley. 

On Saturday, the total shots were 
very similar but the scoreboard was 
a lot different. 

Lebanon Valley defeated 
Eastern University 3-0 to improve 

KICKIN' IT Lindi Crist looks to boot the ball up field to a team- 

their record to 4-2-2. LVC recorded 
21 shots and only gave up seven. 
Heather Tran, Lindi Crist and 
Sarah Dowhower were the goal 
scorers for the Valley. Becca Sykes 
had three saves en route to her third 
straight shutout in goal. 

With Sykes outstanding play 
in the past two games, she was 
honored with the Commonwealth 
Conference Player of the Week 
award. Sykes has now recorded 
three consecutive shutouts, totaling 
four in just eight games. 

On Wednesday, LVC is home 
for the fourth straight game against 
Haverford and then on the road at 
King's College on Saturday. 



Volleyball captures Bridgewater Quad title 

Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

It was an eventful weekend for 
LVC's women's volleyball team, to 
say the least. 

The 12-2 squad took their 
talents to Bridgewater, VA and 
captured the Bridgewater Quad 
title. They played and beat three 
teams; Frostburg State (3-l), 
Neumann (3-2), and Bridgewater 

On Saturday, the team took on 
Neumann and made an impressive 
comeback to come from down two 
sets to get the win. After losing the 
first two sets 22-25 and 18-25, 
they won the next three 25-18, 25- 
19, and 15-9. 

In that match, Kayla Confer '15 
totaled 19 kills, along with Greta 
Weidemoyer '17 adding 13 of her 
own. Defensively, Jess Finlayson 

'14 led with 13 digs. 

After recovering from their first 
win of the day and second of the 
tournament, the Dutchmen came 
after Bridgewater to decide the 
champion of the quad. Although 
they lost the first set 17-25, they 
rallied once again to win the next 
three by scores of 25-13, 25-19, 
and 25-15. 

Weidemoyer was a valuable 
asset in this match as well, tallying 
four of the Valley's seven block 
assists. Alii Quirk '15 came up big 
on offense with 12 kills. 

Throughout the day, the big 
statistic goes to Kacey Musselman 
'15, who added up 42 assists. 

The team will travel to Towson, 
MD for the Goucher Tournament 
on Friday. 




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CHAMPS Kacey Musselman had a team-high 42 assists in the quad. 


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All LVC in the win column Saturday 

Mens soccer 3-0 win is among the rest of LVC teams that won on the weekend 

BACK ON TRACK Garth Stefan v 14, pictured above, was named this week's CC Player of the Week. 

Cody Manmiller ' 1 6 

Staff Writer 

After going through a bit of a 
rough patch, the Valley's men's 
soccer team is seemingly back 
on track. 

They suffered their first loss 
to Eastern, but have recovered 
after a tie against Susquehanna 
and followed that up with a 
victory over Wilkes. 

On the road, LVC took on 
a Susquehanna team that was 
ranked 25th in the nation. After 
falling behind in the first half, 
the Dutchmen took control of 
the game in the second half. 
They controlled possession and 
were peppering Susquehanna 
with shots, looking for the 
equalizer. Finally, in the 67th 

minute, LVC had a corner kick. 

Kyle Fronk was able to win 
the header that bounced off the 
crossbar. Jimmy Fisher was in 
the right place at the right time 
and finished the rebound with 
his left foot. After Fisher's goal, 
the teams played to a 1-1 draw. 

James Clements made seven 
big saves for Lebanon Valley. 

After a good performance at 
Susquehanna, the Valley came 
home to Herbert Field to play 
Wilkes. Wilkes entered the 
matchup with a 6-1 record. 

From the get-go, the 
Dutchmen were in control of 
the game. Garth Stefan scored 
first for LVC in the 10th minute, 
his second of the season. Josh 
Ferguson drove a low cross 
through the box to Stefan who 

took a touch and calmly slotted 
the ball in the left corner of the 
net. Less than 15 minutes later, 
Joe Gallagher made it 2-0 after 
he put the ball perfectly in the 
top right corner. Josh Ferguson 
and Garth Stefan were both 
given assists on the play. 

After the half, LVC took over 
right where they left off with a 
third goal, this one coming from 
last year's Conference Rookie of 
the Year, Cam Alexander. The 
goal was Alexander's second on 
the year. The Dutchmen cruised 
to a 3-0 win to improve to 5-1-2 
on the year. 

This week, the men's team 
travels to Misericordia on 
Wednesday and then to DeSales 
University on Saturday. 

Jordann Ferguson pumps his fist during a game vs. Centenary.